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NeuroGrow Team

Meet our team of highly compassionate professionals

 

Bita Fotuhi
Chief Operating Officer

Biography

Bita oversees all business and operational aspects of our practice. She ensures that all of our patients and staff are fully satisfied with their experiences at NeuroGrow. She handles the human resource aspects, staff scheduling, payroll, billing, technology matters, and communication with insurance companies. She serves as an advocate for our patients, and promptly addresses any concerns they may have. 
 
Bita has had a great deal of leadership experience in the field of technology and healthcare. She earned her engineering degree from Concordia University in 1999 and pursued a career as a computer engineer at Ericsson. She then joined Lockheed Martin corporation and was involved in their contract with Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including the modernization of their on-line Affordable Care Act. Prior to joining NeuroGrow, Bita served as the practice manager for the Neurology Institute for Brain Health and Fitness where she was in charge of technology, HR, and the business aspects of that operation. 
 
In her spare time, Bita enjoys spending time with her two young daughters (Nora & Maya) and her husband (Dr. Fotuhi), dancing tango, fitness training, and traveling. 
Harpreet Kaur
Director of Operations

Biography

Harpreet is our director of operations who works hard to make sure our staff and patients are happy and that the office runs efficiently. She has great communication and organizational skills and plays an integral role in every aspect of the office. She handles the staff scheduling, payroll, billing, and communication with insurance companies. Harpreet is also a friendly face at our front desk and aids in the check-in, scheduling, and general administrative process.

Harpreet is dedicated to ensuring our patient’s have a great experience at NeuroGrow. Harpreet attended George Mason University and earned her Bachelors in Health Administration. She is planning on furthering her education and obtaining a Master’s in Business and Information Technology.

When she is not in the office, Harpreet enjoys traveling.

Carter Cunningham
Director of Neurocognitive Therapy & Assessments

Biography

Carter helps our patients improve their memory, mood, sleep, and executive function through our Brain Fitness Program. He conducts a complete neurocognitive battery of tests to determine which areas of a patient’s brain work well and which areas need some work. He reviews these results with our patients and then tailors an individualized set of interventions to address their specific concerns and goals. Carter also helps with running our neurofeedback program and other aspects of our clinical operations. Our patients love his genuine compassionate style and contagious positive attitude.

Carter received his Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University. He assisted with the PETIT Study in which he administered neuropsychological assessments to children. Furthermore, he helped research the neuropsychological effects of preterm birth. He is the first author for the article “Human Figure Drawing Tests” in the Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology 2nd edition.

While pursuing his neuroscience degree he assisted in drug addiction research and facilitated addiction recovery meetings. He was a coordinator and taught at upper elementary schools for Dr. Jonathan Wisco’s Anatomy Academy. The program teaches children about anatomy, physiology, and nutrition.  Carter is passionate about the brain’s amazing ability to heal itself and how we can use this concept to help our patients become calmer, more focused, and happier.

In his free time, Carter loves to paint, draw, cook, and make films.

Aubry Alvarez, Ph.D.
Brain Coach

Biography

Dr. Aubry Alvarez is passionate about helping our patients refine their cognitive skills and find balance in daily life. She loves getting to know our patients, and takes a calm, positive approach to brain coaching. Her expertise lies in the areas of language, reasoning, and curiosity across the lifespan.

 Aubry has authored scientific articles for publications including the Journal of Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, the British Journal of Developmental Psychology, and Child Development. Her original work on human cognition has been featured in academic textbooks including Life-Span Human Development, 9th Edition as well as in the popular media. She has presented her research on causal reasoning to international audiences, and continues to write for the scientific community. 

 Aubry received her doctoral degree from Northwestern University, where she was a Language & Cognition Fellow and Fred Rogers Memorial Scholar, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Center on Media and Human Development. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Florida. 

 In her free time, she enjoys yoga, water sports, traveling, and exploring the outdoors with her husband and young daughter. 

Molly Chinoy
Brain Coach

Biography

Molly is our spirited brain coach who is dedicated to helping others overcome the challenges they face and be their best selves. She is focused on working collaboratively with patients to refine their cognitive skills and boost their confidence. Molly works hard to ensure that her patients feel comfortable and see a significant improvement in their mental and physical health.
 
Molly attended the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She is planning to attend graduate school to earn her master’s degree in social work. She is interested in becoming a mental health counselor and helping those who struggle with anxiety and depression.
 
In her free time, Molly enjoys hiking, meditating, asking to pet other people’s dogs, watching Law & Order: SVU, and eating French fries.
Olivia Christ
Senior Clinical Associate & Brain Coach

Biography

Olivia is our enthusiastic senior clinical associate who is passionate about helping to improve the lives of patients. At Neurogrow, Olivia participates in all areas of our practice: from scheduling new patients and performing insurance eligibility checks, to seeing patients as a brain coach, overseeing Dr. Fotuhi’s schedule, and managing our website and on-line presence. Olivia is dedicated to ensuring patients have a positive experience from the moment they walk into our office and can often be found chatting with them in the waiting room.

Olivia attended the University of Maryland’s Honors College and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. She will be continuing her education this fall in a Masters level Social Work program so that she can become a mental health therapist and better serve her community.

In her free time, Olivia enjoys playing with dogs, painting, reading books, falling out of kayaks into rapids, and doing yoga.

Tara Emami
Brain Coach

Biography

Tara is our energetic brain coach.  She helps patients improve their memory, attention, mood, diet, exercise, and sleeping habits. She conducts a neurocognitive battery of tests and questionnaires to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the patient’s cognitive abilities. Tara reviews the results of the testing with our patients and arranges the most appropriate cognitive training program for that individual to enhance the patient’s weak areas. 

Tara received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Biology from George Mason University. She has participated in many psychology research studies and experiments.  She is planning to further her education and earn a doctorate level degree in Psychology.  She would like to gain as much experience in her field while working with patients to meet their needs. 

In her free time, Tara enjoys reading novels and articles, doing research, hiking, dancing, spending time with children, and playing with dogs. 

Faith Ferber
Brain Coach

Biography

Faith loves being a Brain Coach because it allows her her to pursue her passion for helping others. She values utilizing individualized and holistic health care to address all factors of personal health.

Faith is a recent graduate of American University where she graduated Cum Laude with degrees in Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She plans to continue her education by obtaining a Master’s degree in Social Work.

In her free time, Faith volunteers for a crisis hotline and an organization working to end sexual violence on college campuses. She can also be found trying to pet as many dogs as possible.

Joanna Powers
Brain Coach

Biography

Using individualized plans, Joanna helps patients address and work toward various goals during their participation in our Brain Fitness Program.  In addition to brain coaching, Joanna also provides neurocognitive assessments and neurofeedback therapy.  She assures a calm and comfortable environment for patients while conducting assessments and neurofeedback sessions.  Her committed and tranquil attitude guarantees that patients feel at home in her office even during the most hectic of days.

Joanna earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from George Mason University. Her most recent experience is in behavioral therapy for children with autism. She assisted in the formation and refinement of behavioral intervention programs, and administered a large variety of programs including speech therapy, basic academics, and general motor skills. Joanna also has extensive experience with teaching children of all age groups in subjects including S.T.E.M. and physical education. Her commitment to enriching the lives of adolescents often extends to her free time as she coached volleyball for two years through the Fairfax County Park Authority.

In her free time she enjoys singing, cooking, being outdoors, and photography.

Hailey Watson
Brain Coach

Biography

Hailey is our ambitious, mindfulness-oriented brain coach and clinical associate. She uses the results of a neurocognitive battery of tests and questionnaires to cultivate an evidence based, holistic and individualized treatment program for each patient. She also works diligently in partnership with the rest of the NeuroGrow team to ensure that every individual is provided with the optimal environment for transformation and positive growth. Hailey specializes in utilizing mindfulness based meditation  to reduce stress and increase cognitive abilities.

Hailey is recent graduate of Texas Tech University, where she was awarded with a Bachelor’s of Science in Community, Family and Addiction Sciences. As apart of her undergraduate degree, Hailey completed her practicum at a private non-profit counseling agency where she assisted in providing accessible counseling services to those in recovery from addiction. She plans to continue her education and obtain a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, so that she can continue to help others nurture their own personal development and well being.

In her free time, Hailey enjoys challenging herself through weightlifting, snowboarding and hiking. But, also makes the time to unwind through meditation and by spending time with her two dogs.

Samantha Finley
Director of Electrophysiology and Neurofeedback

Biography

Samantha is our Director of Neurofeedback and qEEG Assessments.  In addition to performing both qEEGs and neurofeedback, she ensures that all the medical equipment used for neurofeedback is properly maintained, analyzes the qEEG data and composes the reports, and optimizes patients’ individual protocols for neurofeedback.  Samantha delights in getting to know each of her patients and helping them progress throughout the program.

Samantha earned her Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience with a minor in Anthropology from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.  In her senior year, she participated in an undergraduate research study on the neural correlates of drug abuse, which will be published in 2017.  Samantha was an active member of the music community, performing with the Christopher Newport Women’s Choir for seven of eight semesters, and joining the national music service fraternity, Sigma Alpha Iota.

Samantha loves to hike, read, sing, and listen to podcasts.  She is also an avid aquarist.

Amanda MacQueen
Assistant Director of Electrophysiology and Neurofeedback

Biography

Amanda is our cheerful Clinical Associate who loves taking care of our patients through qEEG assessment and neurofeedback therapy sessions. She greets our patients with a warm smile and makes them feel comfortable as they go through our program. She enjoys ensuring that each patient’s protocol is implemented perfectly and that patients continue to improve from one session to the next. She is dedicated to her work and loves watching her patients experience the positive impact of neurotherapy on their lives.

Amanda received her BS in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington where she discovered a passion for Cognitive Neuroscience. She hopes to further her education in the field, and build a career working closely with people to improve their quality of life.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her two dogs, watching football, and traveling.

Anna Gangsaas
Clinical Neurotherapy Associate

Biography

Anna is our driven Neuotherapy Clinical Associate who assists in taking care of patients in the neurofeedback program as well as the medical equipment used. She is very goal focused and loves getting to interact with her patients and working with them to achieve their goals in the program.

Anna earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. In her junior and senior years, she participated in undergraduate research studies and presented the research with her team at the Society for Neuroscience 2015 conference in Chicago.  She is planning to continue her education in Psychology and Neuroscience and is hoping to obtain her Master’s in Neuroscience.

Anna enjoys spending her time watching movies, reading, trying out new restaurants, and travelling. She is an avid wine enthusiast, puzzle master, and has a knack for finding four leaf clovers

Naseem Nadji
Director of Exercise Physiology

Biography

Nassim is our exercise physiologist. She conducts cardiopulmonary exercise testing, helps monitor our patients’ progress through the program, and teaches them the importance of physical fitness. Nassim received her bachelor of science degree in Nutrition from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran-Iran, and Master of Science in Exercise Science from Wichita State University.

Nassim started her clinical fitness career 5 years ago, working as a cardiac rehabilitation exercise physiologist at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas for 2 years. She then moved to Virginia in 2014 and continued her career at Inova Fairfax hospital cardiac rehabilitation. Nassim is Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Certified. She is also a Zumba instructor and has been teaching Zumba for one year.

Richard Shaw
Director of Exercise Physiology

Biography

Iris Alvarenga
Clinical Associate

Biography

Iris is our friendly clinical associate who helps with patient intake, setting up appointments, verifying insurance plans, and answering questions or concerns patients may have. She also assists with Neurofeedback and conducting EEGs. With years of customer service experience, Iris is dedicated to making sure patients are greeted warmly from the moment they walk through our doors. Iris is also bilingual in Spanish.

Iris is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and plans on pursing a doctorate degree in childhood clinical psychology.

In her free time, Iris enjoys reading, playing with her dog, and watching dramas. 

Fanny Gutierrez
Clinical Associate

Biography

Fanny is our outgoing clinical associate who helps with front desk responsibilities such as scheduling patients, billing, and checking patients in. She also works with Neurofeedback and conducting EEGs. Fanny is Bilingual in Spanish and has years working with children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. She is driven to ensure patients’ needs are taken care of when they first walk through the doors and when they are in Neurofeedback sessions.

Fanny has an associate degree in Life Science and a Bachelor of Art in Psychology from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. While attending UMBC she worked in a Developmental research lab working to improve memory in children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. She is planning on continuing her education and pursuing a Master’s degree in Cognitive psychology.

In her free time, Fanny enjoys reading, watching Netflix, exploring cities, and playing with her family Bulldog, Thor.

Sehrish Khan
Clinical Associate

Biography

Sehrish is our caring clinical associate who works tirelessly to make sure our staff and patients are happy. She provides administrative and technical support on a daily basis.  She is knowledgeable on every aspect in the office and is able to accomplish each task with diligence. Her main goal is to make sure our patients are happy and satisfied with their experience.

She has a strong background in human resources, education, and customer service. She was previously an HR assistant for an IT company in Herndon. She has also worked with children from the ages of 4-16 at an extending learning facility. She is ABA certified and has worked with children with autism and other special needs.

She is currently pursuing her degree in Bio Medical Engineering at George Mason University.

She has a passion for literature, baking, cooking, and interior decorating. She enjoys spending time in beautiful places with people she loves. She is an avid animal lover and strong advocate for mental health awareness.

Dr. Majid Fotuhi NeuroGrow Brain Fitness Center

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